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Brescia Smart Living

What is it?

Brescia Smart Living is one of the winning projects of the Bando MIUR 2012 (DD591/2012) competition dedicated to Smart Cities, and aims to design and test a Smart City prototype for Brescia: creating a more sustainable city in terms of both energy and environment and introducing new services designed to improve the quality of life of the city's inhabitants.


The project is co-funded by the Ministry of Education, University and Research, with the endorsement of the Commune of Brescia.
A2A is leading the research and innovation initiative, with the involvement of several Group companies. Other large, medium and small business are also active in specific areas of the project, along with a number of universities and research centres.


In collaboration with the Commune of Brescia, new technologies and services will be trialled in two districts of the city, the San Polino district and an area adjacent to via Solferino, involving a number of families who live in these two areas.
The project was launched in March 2015 and will end in 2018.

What does being a smart city mean?

  • Being innovative, safe and attentive to the environment and to the energy consumed by the city
  • Involving the key players in the city - municipality, businesses, citizens and service providers - and calling upon them to help to create the system within which they live
  • An open, integrated and multidisciplinary city created through the "cross-contamination" of knowledge and expertise - because a Smart City with separate social, services, energy and transport networks cannot exist
  • Gathering information from networks, people (IoPs) and objects (IoTs) through a hybrid, efficient network of communication which is constantly available
  • Collecting and analysing data gathered from the local territory and transforming this into information, presenting it in a simple, intuitive manner which is beneficial to users, who make use of it through comprehensive yet user-friendly IT platforms and applications

The macro themes of the project

The topics covered by the project span a wide range of areas: energy, public utilities (street lighting, video surveillance, distribution networks), environment (waste management, climate and air quality), and personal/ domestic (home automation, remote rescue and assistance, vulnerable citizens, security).
The new technologies applied in each of these areas enable the collection and integration of all of the data that the city can generate, with a view to designing and implementing new services for citizens and providing the Commune of Brescia with new tools for supporting decisions concerning the city.


Involvement of citizens is a key element of the project. In 2016, an analysis of the needs, habits and real expectations of citizens was launched, with the distribution of 1,000 questionnaires across the two districts in which the trials are set to take place. In 2017, many of the families involved in the project will meet, while in 2018, the trials will begin, thanks to their involvement.

The levels of the project

The implementation of multi-level technologies in the city and the collection and integration of the data pertaining to these into a single system will enable the community to access new tools and services, such as applications to view the information gathered on an individual’s home, as well as that regarding the district and the city of Brescia as a whole.


A2A Group companies involved: A2A, A2A Ambiente, Aprica, Unareti, A2A Calore e Servizi, A2A Ciclo Idrico

District level technologies

  • Smart Eye
  • Pollution detection stations
  • Smart bins and used clothing bins
  • Smart bins
  • Outdoor seismic phenomenon detectors
  • Automated ecological islands for waste recycling

Domestic level technologies

  • Smart meters for water, district heating, electricity and gas 
  • Closure valves for gas leaks
  • Heat detection plates
  • Indoor seismic phenomenon detectors
  • Smart home systems    
  • Remote rescue (safety and security) and remote assistance systems for the most vulnerable citizens

Web platforms

Enlisting families to test an integrated local consumption and services platform (L_PICS) for smart management of households and for monitoring certain parameters in the district (air quality, crime, weather forecasts etc.)


  • IoT and IoP communication infrastructure
  • Smart Lighting
  • Sensors, IED (Intelligent Electronic Devices), advanced automation for distribution networks


To improve the monitoring and control of the electricity grid (medium and low voltage) and of the district heating and street lighting network. To create a network of communications for new smart city services.


  • New social urban network


  • To enable and facilitate discussions on energy-related and cultural issues in districts and in the city

A2A Group companies involved: A2A, Unareti

Web platforms

Enlisting public administration bodies to test a consumption and services platform (PICS) that can support these bodies in making decisions regarding the way in which the city should be governed.

An interesting fact

In April 2016, Brescia Smart Living was chosen to represent Smart City research projects in Italy for the fourth edition of the CSITF (China Shanghai International Technology Fair). In addition, thanks to the project, in October 2016, Brescia won the "Cresco Award 2016" prize for the "Smartest City".